Lucian Bute must put Carl Froch defeat behind him against Denis Grachev, says Jim Watt

Last Updated: 02/11/12 9:10am

Lucian Bute: taking cover as Froch attacks, in Nottingham

Jim Watt says Lucian Bute could well carry the mental scars from his crushing defeat to Carl Froch around for the remainder of his career.

Bute, 32, was stopped inside five rounds when he met Froch in Nottingham - the home fighter winning the IBF super-middleweight title for his efforts.

Bute returns to the ring for the first time this weekend, when he takes on Denis Grachev over 12 rounds of light-heavyweight - a fight you can see at 8am this Sunday on Sky Sports 2 HD.

Watt will be part of the commentary team and, looking ahead to the fight, he revealed his fears that Bute's defeat to Froch could have a lasting effect on the Canadian.

"Will Bute be shell-shocked or can he put the Froch defeat behind him?"

Jim Watt

"We know the fight with Froch is going to have an impact on him," Watt told Ringside.

"Fighters know they can lose, they know that they can be knocked out - maybe by a lucky punch - but nobody believes that they can be systematically wiped out over three, four or five rounds.

"That's what happened to Bute. He's only boxed once in the premier league. When he was boxing in the first division he looked a class above that.

"But the one time that he has been in the premier league he has been wiped out and it has to have an effect on him.

"So it will be interesting how he performs. Will he be shell-shocked or can he put the Froch defeat behind him?

Lucian Bute v Denis Grachev

8am, Sunday, Sky Sports 1 HD

"He's moving in at light-heavyweight now, fighting bigger guys. I'm just worried that maybe he feels bigger and stronger at light-heavy and decides to stay in that division and we don't get the return.

"Hopefully that won't happen but I'm looking forward to seeing how he performs."